Day in history for August 1, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Illinois Central Railroad began building a granary at Chicago 200 feet long by 100 feet wide and over 100 feet high.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The office of the Port Byron Lime Association was entered early in the morning by burglars. The safe was blown open but it contained only about $10. No trace of the burglars had been discovered by late afternoon.

1905 -- 100 years ago
J.T. Francis resigned as sales manager for the Rock Island Plow Company, a post he had held for 13 years. He was to accept a similar bid with a firm in South Bend, Ind.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Robert Fisher, 25, of Davenport, carrying three automatic pistols, was arrested in a Moline hotel at 10:50 last night, just six hours after he had held up and robbed a brokerage house of $650 cash.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Picketers with placards turned out early this morning at the main gate of the John Deere Planter Works, Moline, as the UAW-CIO called a strike at the four Deere plants in Moline and East Moline and four in Iowa.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Beth Trego, 8, of Moline, was crowned ''Miss Moline Playground'' this week at Prospect Park. Her mother, Judy Trego, was ''Miss Moline Playground'' in 1957.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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